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The Emotional Risks

It's more than just disease...

Studies show that 2 out of 3 teens who have already had sex, wish they had waited.  Many teens carry the emotional burden of regret as a consequence of choosing to become sexually active.

The Heritage Foundation recently published a study showing that depression and suicide were far more common among teens that have sex than among teens who don't. 

The study said that early sexual activity "is a substantial factor in undermining the emotional well-being of American teenagers."

Kirk A. Johnson, one of the study's authors, told The Washington Times, "A lot of the safe-sex curricula in schools today are very focused on physical health aspects.  We think (this) safe-sex message to adolescents fails to adequately communicate the emotional risks involved in early sexual experimentation. Clearly, having more of an abstinence message is going to alleviate those concerns."